Celtic sign Greg Taylor on a four year deal
Celtic have announced the signing of Kilmarnock full back Greg Taylor on a four year deal, for an undisclosed fee.
The 21-year-old made his way from the Scotland training camp in Edinburgh to finalise his move to Celtic tonight, replacing the departed Kieran Tierney who joined Arsenal last month.
Speaking exclusively to Celtic TV, Celtic’s new number 3 said: “It’s been a whirlwind of a day but I’m over the moon to be here and thankfully that’s it over the line. As soon as I knew of Celtic’s interest, I was desperate to come, so it’s been a great day, certainly now that it’s done.
“It’s massive club, everyone knows that, and I’m here to win trophies, it’s as simple as that and I can’t wait to hopefully be a part of it. I’m delighted to be a Celtic player, and I want to try and impress the fans, and obviously the manager.
“A club this size wants to win trophies and they have done over the past few years, and now that I’m here, I want to help the team win more trophies.”
Taylor will return to the Scotland training camp and link up with some of his new Celtic team mates - Callum McGregor, Ryan Christie and James Forrest – to prepare for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Russia and Belgium.
While his focus may be on the upcoming double header for Scotland, Taylor can’t wait to return to Celtic Park and get down to business.
He added: “We’ve got massive games coming up against Russia and Belgium, so we know what our jobs are for those games and hopefully we can get some more points on the table, but after that, I’ll be back in next Tuesday with Celtic.
“Callum, Ryan and James are with the Scotland squad just now and they were asking me today what was happening. Now that it’s over the line I can’t wait to be part of this squad, and to say that I’m a Celtic player is a dream come true.
“As a footballer, you want to win games and here the demand is to win every game, but I’m looking forward to that pressure. Hopefully, it will bring the best out in me, and it really is a massive honour to have signed for this club.”
After he was officially announced as a Celtic player, Taylor took to his official twitter page to pay tribute to everyone at Kilmarnock from the board to his teammates and to the fans.
He posted: “I’d like to thank Kilmarnock Football Club for a great seven years. From academy football, to the playoff final, finishing third and into Europe. I would be here all day if I was to name every single person at the club who has helped me but I would not be the player or more importantly the person I am today.
“A special thanks to every teammate I have played alongside, to every manager that put their trust in me and to each and every member of staff who worked tirelessly every season at this special club.
“A special thanks to the Board who have let me take an opportunity to progress in my career. Most importantly I would like to thank the fans for their unwavering support and backing from day one.
“It was an honour and a privilege to to play in front of you every week and I wish Kilmarnock every success in the future. Thank you and good luck for the season.”
And on his move to Celtic, Taylor added: “What an hour to sign for this massive club!! Can’t wait to get started and play in front of the fans at Celtic Park. It’s such a special day for me and my family. I will see you all soon.”
Taylor made his way through the ranks at Kilmarnock, during that time he made over 130 appearances for the Rugby Park side, scoring once and winning his first Scotland cap in the defeat against Belgium in June - with Taylor one of the stand out performers for the national team.